Japanese manufacturer Green House has just released one of the most compact cameras you're ever likely to see. But you'll have to get in really close because the Mini Digi is so tiny that you might just miss it! Amazingly, it measures 2.5 x 1.8 x 1.2 inches, and weighs just under an ounce. So, for photographers who don't want to take their hefty DSLRs with them all the time, attaching a Mini Digi to your keychain could be a fun alternative.

The Mini Digi is a 0.3MPl camera that shoots 640 x 480 images in jpeg and bmp formats. And despite its diminutive size it can store up to 160 images, depending on the compression settings. It can also be used to shoot video on-the-go, or sit atop your PC as a web camera at home. It's compatible with most Windows operating systems (7, Vista, XP, 2000) and comes with a drivers installation CD.

Whether you're looking for a novelty gift for the photographer in your life, or a secret spy cam for your latest covert ops, the Mini Digi is a good choice.


  • 1/9.4 inch CMOS sensor
  • shoots 640 x 480 still images (about 300,000 pixels)
  • shoots video: QVGA (320 x 240), when used as PC camera, VGA (640 x 480), avi format
  • compatible with Windows operating systems, comes included with driver CD
  • capacity: VGA (uncompressed) 20 images, (compressed) 40 images. QVGA (uncompressed) 80 images, (compressed) 160 images.
  • 10 second timer
  • fixed focus
  • automatic white balance
  • batteries, 1 x AAA

The Mini Digi is available on the Japanese website for ¥1980 (around US$20).

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